Karen and Kevin
Choreographer: Maria Torres
Style: the Hustle
Verdict: Has some muscle
Usually you can zone out during the "get to know your somewhat personality-free dancers" segment, but not this week. It's "dancers reveal a secret about themselves" week, and has Karen got a good one, damn. See, Karen auditioned for the show with her husband. Her husband got eliminated in Vegas. Now, she and said husband are getting divorced. Kevin said some stuff about traveling to China, but I wasn't paying attention. Karen totally has a career in Hollywood because she prattles some PR-savvy crap about growing apart, but you know he was totally jealous of her and felt emasculated and/or she realized she could get a guy who doesn't have to work at Subway to pay the rent, and there goes young love. Oh, if only "SYTYCD" were always this soapy!
Anyway, the routine is the Hustle, which is always good fun, even if I kind of dread having to see a hip-hopper struggle through the steps. Surprisingly, Kevin does a very nice jette and the beginning of the routine is saucy good fun, but once the true hustle starts he often looks wooden. Of course, that could just be because Karen is dancing the pants off of him. And, you know, he drops her at the end, so that kind of takes the shine off.
Adam thought they made it work for them. He thought Kevin emerged for the first time tonight, and he loved Karen's quiet fire. Mary thought Karen was amazing and says she's a hustle queen. Mary was impressed with Kevin's attitude and thought it made up for some awkward poses. I think the judges were really, really generous. I don't think they should give too many points to dancers just because they're outside of their comfort zone, but maybe they're hoping to get nice gifts from Santa for Christmas.